This Is a Story About Taking Notes in Meetings, but Please Read It Anyway

A simple note-taking strategy, featuring the greatest pen in the world

Illustration © Ross McCammon
  1. Acquire a sturdy full-size notebook (may I recommend the iScholar brand) and a Bic 4-Color Ballpoint Pen (which is, incidentally, the most useful writing implement ever invented).
  2. Select black or blue ink for your main run of notes.
  3. When you note an “action item,” switch to green ink.
  4. When you note something that is VERY IMPORTANT, a principle or a rule or a new way of thinking about something, switch to red ink.



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Ross McCammon

Author, Works Well With Others: Crucial Skills in Business No One Ever Teaches You // writing about creativity, work, and human behavior, in a useful way